Reblogs are appreciated.
I’m sure there are more (and you’re welcome to add yours in a reblog), but these are the ones I was able to find with some stealth research or were provided to me by fellow teachers.
I think that people outside of teaching might be surprised by how much teachers spend in their classroom. At the first school I taught at, I even had to supply the tables my students sat at. I’ve found that even among teachers, we are surprised by what colleagues in other grade levels or districts have to purchase. I spent over $2,000 in my first year of teaching (I also taught in a economic disadvantaged area and at a charter school that didn’t even supply books for my students to use).
I now teacher Pre-K at a different school, and while our school has a school library, my students are not permitted to borrow books from it (only K-5 are). Since early literacy skills are very important, I work hard to cultivate a classroom library with quality books (in decent conditions) for my students to borrow each day. Sometimes the number of books I have goes down due to a mishap with a little brother, or when I give a book to a child because his family is moving to another state (or in some cases to another country).
There are theater teachers that must buy tools for setting up the stage, art teachers that buy paints, most teachers buy construction paper, and on and on.
I don’t wish to ask that other teachers spend money on myself or those listed above, as I know they have their own items to buy for the year. But, I did want to put out the wishlists that I know of out there, so that if there are any generous people out in the tumblr sphere with a passion for education and some spare change, they’d know where to look to get things done.
Sometimes orders from wishlists do not show who the sender is. With that in mind, I’d like to thank anyone who donates on behalf of the teachers who receive items.